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Transport issues with four kids

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Trishay38 Sat 02-Jul-11 08:48:58

Hi starting to do a bit of research for my transport isssues later this year. I have ds3 and ds4 and am expecting twins in december, need a bigger car..am looking at 7 seaters but need space for a double buggy (of which i had many) in the back.
Also any advice on a tandem travel system (my front door is too skinny for a side by side) from any twin mums would be great. Any guidance on growing another pair of arms would be invaluable..thanks.

nannyl Sat 02-Jul-11 09:04:21

have you seen the new mountain buggy duet? almost as narrow as a single but still spacous seats.

Personally i dislike conventional tandems, but i like phil and teds (though no good for twins) Also have herd good things about britax B dual (though never pushed one) and i candy pear. Tandems are really hard work when children are bigger.

A crysler grandvoyager has lots of room in the back, also a peaugout 807?
Im sure you are aware that many 7 seaters compromise on boot space but both of those cars give you a decent boot space and enough seats.
I have got 5 under 5s (in car seats) 2 adults, 2 buggies (maclaren and jane 3 wheeler) + picnic / changes of clothes / waterproofs etc... for everyone in the 807 car etc and it fitted fine.

Catsycat Sat 02-Jul-11 09:57:59

Hi, The VW Sharan / Seat Alhambra (which are the same car just branded differently) have 7 seats and enough room for our Phil & Ted buggy. We are looking to buy one at the moment - just deciding which one... I think you get more for your money with the Seat, but not as many garages for when you need it serviced...

Can't help on the buggy for twins I'm afraid, as no experience.

Good luck!

deo357 Sat 02-Jul-11 11:20:21

hi dont have twins but like to eye up buggys & am preg with no 6 !
what about the new bugaboo donkey? they are nice and narrow (although v expensive but u could look for 2nd hand) and tandem buggies the jane looks good.

as for cars chrysler is best for 7 seats & boot space. i have one & have had galaxy with no boot - usless !

Tangle Sat 02-Jul-11 12:05:29

Just something to be aware of is underfloor storage in cars and the support legs on car seats - if the support leg falls on the top of the storage compartment then it isn't considered safe (solutions include removing the storage cover and extending the support leg to the base if its long enough, using a filler if the car manufacturer makes on, or using a car seat that either has a different support leg or no support leg).

IIRC we looked at Peugots and some of them did have underfloor storage - it is worth checking.

Friends of ours with 4 had a Ford S-Max. They didn't have double buggy issues so not sure how that would work out, but might be worth a look? (Ford are also a manufacturer that make fillers wink)

KaraJS Sat 02-Jul-11 14:20:58

We have Peugeot 307 7 seater but if you had to have one of the back seats up not sure you could get a double buggy next to it, the chrysler is a good bet

LargeGlassofRed Sat 02-Jul-11 14:25:03

I had a Jane powertwin when my twins were little, and I drive a Toyota heice regus, it's 8 seater huge boot and can fit 8 adults in very roomy and lovely to drive.

KaraJS Sat 02-Jul-11 14:33:47

We've been looking at the britax b duel tho don't have twins will have at most an 11 month age gap, the bugaboo donkey looks great but way to much money and havnt been able to find any second hand

NorthLondonDoulas Sat 02-Jul-11 16:18:56

Cant help on the buggy front but we had a ford galexy ghia (7seater) which could fit my friends double buggy in and now we have a toyota lucida (7seater) and the buggy fits nicely in there too... The easiest way is to have the buggy in the upright position instead of lying down. Another tip is once you have your buggy and you are car shopping, take the buggy with you and make sure you can get it in the boot as looks can be deceiving! Good luck.x

mumblebum Sat 02-Jul-11 16:38:08

We have a Citroen Grand Picasso which would work ok with 3 kids in the middle row and one in the boot. You can leave the other boot seat folded down to have space for the buggy. We were looking at the S-Max and Galaxy, I'd think the Galaxy would be better for you in terms of boot space.

Trishay38 Sat 02-Jul-11 16:38:43

Had a look at the bugabbo donkey and mountain buggy duet and they look really good, I do prefer the side by side, i didn't think these would work with the car seats so thats great. Thought about looking for a second had twin silver cross for downstairs sleeping and getting out for walks in the first few month and keeping the other buggy in the car.
With my other two I went through a nipper out n about -lovely but too wide, mother care tandem -yuck and wrecked my elbows with steering, second hand jane powertwin - broken by my husband and maclaren twin triumph - great but sold it on ebay.Lots to buy and plan! Thanks for ideas x

Trishay38 Sat 02-Jul-11 16:40:20

Will aim to get the buggy and find the boot to match!

harrygracejessica Sun 03-Jul-11 00:05:40

We have 5 kids all in car seat as eldest is 4 - we have the seat alhambra and we have an ABC everest as a buggy and it fits behind the 6th and 7th seats - toddler seat in the footwell and buggyboard in another footwell smile (we have 2 sets of twins so one lot in the buggy one lot on the buggyboard and toddler seat lol

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